The Portland Trail Blazers announced that center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a concussion Monday against the Sacramento Kings, and will miss Wednesday's game against the Phoenix Suns. NBC Sports Northwest's Jason Quick first reported the injury Tuesday evening.
Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a concussion in Monday's exhibition at Sacramento and will not play Wednesday in Phoenix.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) October 11, 2017
Nurkic was involved in several physical plays against the Kings, including this one where he took a shot from reserve center Jack Cooley.
Cooley's forearm-shot to Nurkic's face was ruled a technical foul, but it is unclear if this was the play that triggered the concussion in question. Nurkic returned to the game after halftime, and finished the contest with 16 points in 28 minutes.
Nurkic joins rookie Zach Collins as the second Portland big man to suffer a concussion in the build up to the 2017-18 regular season. The Blazers' medical staff will now monitor Nurkic's progress through the NBA's concussion protocol - a process he will have to clear before returning to action.
After Wednesday’s encounter in Phoenix, the Blazers will conclude their preseason schedule at the Moda Center Friday night against Israeli basketball club Maccabi Haifa. The Blazers are back in Phoenix the following Wednesday for the opening night of their regular season.